We are the political descendants of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who left us an inheritance in 1944, an economic Bill of Rights, alternatively dubbed the “Second Bill of Rights”. Written with Columbia law professor Adolf Berle Jr., one of FDR’s brain trust, the new Bill of Rights reflected the vision of a man who told Roosevelt in a 1932 memo that “nineteenth-century competition and individualism were anachronistic.”
Berle also co-authored The Modern Corporation and Private Property in 1932 which advanced the thesis that large business corporations did not serve the public interest and should, therefore, be controlled by the government.
It’s been brought to life by Communists in the U.N. with their Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and it never died in the United States, thanks to an entire party dedicated to the ideology.
THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS
During his State of the Union, on January 11, 1944, FDR delivered the new commandments and etched them into the minds and hearts of an entire party. This is why President Trump’s “America First” and love of individual liberty arouses disgust and disbelief in half the nation. We have inherited the collectivism of Franklin Roosevelt.
The Bill of Rights is no longer enough to assure equality and happiness, he intoned. His collective declaration made us all responsible for all of the basics and security of the others.
“We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure,” he asserted.
We were suddenly responsible for equality of all and for each others pursuit of happiness with self-reliance and responsibility on the back burner.
Ironically, he framed individual freedom as only achievable if all are secure and prosperous. “Necessitous men are not free men,” he declared. His reasoning was that we would face a dictatorship if any men go hungry. It was the only path to world peace, he assured Americans[…]
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